When California Senator Dianne Feinstein’s anti-gun legislation went down in flames last year, those working in the firearms industry knew she’d eventually be back with another proposal cracking down on semi-automatic rifles, or what she calls “assault weapons.”

Feinstein is calling on fellow Senators to sign a letter to President Obama asking him to issue an executive order banning the import of “assault or military weapons” and firearms not “generally recognized as particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes.” The executive order would be enforced by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Here is the list of Feinstein’s requests:

-Prohibit importation of all semi-automatic rifles that can accept, or be readily converted to accept, a large capacity ammunition magazine of more than 10 rounds, regardless of the military pedigree of the firearm or the configuration of the firearm’s magazine well;
-Prohibit semi-automatic rifles with fixed magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds;
-Prohibit the importation of the frame or receiver of any prohibited rifle, regardless of whether it is incorporated into a fully manufactured firearm.
-Prohibit the practice of importing assault rifles in parts and then constructing the rifles once they are in the United States by adding the requisite number of American-made parts;
-Prohibit the use of a “thumbhole” stock as a means to avoid classification of a rifle as an assault rifle; and
-Prohibit the importation of assault pistols, in addition to assault rifles.”

First, what is the world is an “assault pistol?” Notice how the list is almost completely based on characteristics of firearms, not functionality. Further, the characteristics she is targeting are very basic (firearms parts, 10-round capacity, etc.)

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